The Uganda U18 National Team etched their name in history, securing a heart-stopping 2-1 win against Kenya in the CECAFA U18 Boys Championship in a riveting final held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium.
The stadium pulsated with fervour, filled to the brim with passionate Kenyan plus a pick of Ugandan fans, amplifying the intensity of the match.
Despite Kenya taking the lead with an early second-half goal, the Uganda team showcased unwavering determination. Abasi Kyeyune’s electrifying equalizer moments before the final whistle pushed the game into extra time, setting the stage for a nerve-wracking climax.
In a defining moment, Mutebi Hakim, hailed as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, he rose to prominence by slotting in Uganda’s winning goal during extra time. His stellar performance throughout the championship culminated in this pivotal moment of triumph.
Uganda’s head coach, Morley Byekwaso, acknowledged the intense challenge his side faced during a compelling interview. He lauded his team’s resilience, acknowledging the sheer difficulty of the game and praising their steadfast determination.
Adding to the jubilation, the President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) through EXCOM Member Rogers Byamukama honored the team’s monumental achievement by awarding each member with a generous sum of 1000 USD.
This gesture of appreciation and recognition highlighted the nation’s pride in their young athletes.